San Diego Padres: The Power Surge Continues in Peoria

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 28: Cory Spangenberg
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 28: Cory Spangenberg /

The San Diego Padres had three home runs in last night’s Cactus League win over the San Francisco Giants. The Friars have been on a power surge since the start of Spring Training and it hasn’t stopped.

Last year, the San Diego Padres hit 189 home runs, good for eleventh in the National League. Team leaders in jacks were Wil Myers, who hit 30, newcomers Hunter Renfroe (26) and Austin Hedges (18), and the now-departed Yangervis Solarte (18).

With a somewhat new, but mostly matured and more comfortable group of Friars’ hitters looking to send some balls over the walls this season.

So far this spring, this revamped lineup has been on a collective tear. And that’s not to say there are some individuals carrying others because the list of Spring Training offensive leaders on this team looks like an Opening Day player introduction script.

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In the home run department alone, the Friars’ ST leaders are as follows: Austin Hedges has four, and Christian Villanueva, Cory Spangenberg, Travis Jankowski, and Renfroe all have three each.

Then a collection of another seven players have two apiece (Jose Pirela, Carlos Asuaje, Rafael Lopez, Wil Myers, Franchy Cordero, and Eric Hosmer).

In last night’s game versus Los Gigantes de San Francisco, the Friars hit three third-inning home runs off of Giants’ hurler Jeff Samardzija (one of my favorite college football players of all-time, by the way…Go Irish).

Chase Headley, Spangler, and The Hos all took Samardzija deep and none were cheapies, either.

Even the Friars’ power output outside of homers has been impressive. The players I listed above have a combined 23 doubles this spring and Freddy Galvis, not listed above, has three himself.

Speaking of Galvis, he went 2-for-4 last night with three RBI, continuing his fantastic spring at the plate (.375, .980 OPS).

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This team has clobbered the baseball this spring. Hopefully, they will continue to produce these types of numbers once the season rolls along.